Environmental Justice

NYC Environmental Justice for All Report Draft Scope

The Mayor’s Office of Climate and Sustainability and the City’s Environmental Justice Interagency Working Group  released a  draft scope for the Environmental Justice For All Report in August 2021, and held a public comment period from August - September. Based on what we heard during the first public engagement process in Spring 2021, the draft scope lays out:

  • A list of environmental justice concerns we will study in the report and our approach to analyzing them;
  • Our approach to reviewing city programs and policies that impact environmental justice;
  • Our approach to examining how the City engages communities on environmental decision-making.
Read the full draft scope or the summary below.


Environmental Justice For All Report: Draft Scope Summary

Read the draft scope summary and survey questions in Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Haitian-Creole, Russian, and Bengali.

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Task 1: Analysis of Environmental Outcomes and Climate Vulnerabilities

Goal: Identify how environmental benefits and burdens are distributed across the city, particularly among historically marginalized populations and those living in Environmental Justice Areas. The analysis will assess environmental justice concerns and include available environmental data, existing infrastructure, cited complaints and violations, and climate change projections in areas where environmental justice concerns are most acute.

Environmental Justice concerns that we will study in the Report:

  • Drinking water quality
  • Proximity to polluted or degraded bodies of water, like rivers or ponds
  • Sewer infrastructure quality and management
  • Hazardous materials exposure
  • Solid waste management, including but not limited to illegal dumping
  • Non-park green resources, including street trees and natural areas
  • Park, waterfront, and public green spaces access
  • Park and tree canopy maintenance and quality
  • Indoor air and housing quality
  • Outdoor air quality, including proximity to nearby polluting infrastructure or activities
  • Noise, including from construction and heavy infrastructure
  • Land use issues that may contribute to other environmental justice concerns
  • Traffic, including traffic volumes, congestion, and traffic safety
  • Fresh food and nutrition access
  • Energy use and utility affordability, including energy cost burden and energy inefficiency
  • Transit and alternative transportation access

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Task 2: Analysis of the City's Contribution to Environmental Justice

Goal: Review relevant programs, processes, activities, and policies from City agencies to understand and identify how City government plays a role in contributing to environmental justice and environmental injustice.

The analysis will include a list of programs that:

  • Help to advance environmental justice and equity goals, and a description of how those programs were designed and executed;
  • Contribute to environmental justice concerns, and a description of how the programs contribute to that concern;
  • Advance environmental justice and equity goals from other cities and states across the country.

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Task 3: Review Public Engagement by City agencies and Participation in Environmental Decision-making